- To pontificate is to express your opinion in an annoying way, often because you go on too long or because you are too much of a know-it-all.
An example of pontificate is the actions of a self-important professor who rambles on and on.
Origin: L pontificatus from pontifex: see pontiff
- pontificator noun
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- To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.
- To administer the office of a pontiff.
Origin: Latin pontificātus, from pontifex, pontific-, pontifex; see pontifex. V., from Medieval Latin pontificāre, pontificāt-, to act as an ecclesiastic, from Latin pontifex.
- pon·tifˌi·caˈtion noun
- pon·tifˈi·caˌtor noun